Disconnected Data Means Disconnected Youth

Fragmented data systems result in wasted resources; we are letting young people fall through
the cracks. if we don’t provide our policy makers the information they need to see how fragmented programs and policies could fit together, and if we don’t provide our direct service providers the in-
formation they need to see a complete picture of their clients’ needs and available supports, we will
continue to fail our young people.

Fragmented data systems waste government resources – that alone should be a compelling enough reason to act. But the greatest waste of all is the young lives shattered by missed warning signs, missed connections and lost opportunities to intercede. This is why it is deplorable that child and youth data is every bit as fragmented as our child and youth policies and programs.

Publishing Date: 
January 4, 2010
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